• Press Conference
    March 30,2023
  • Call for Application
    March 30,2023
  • Pre Application Meeting [Open for All]
    April 5, 2023
  • Startups (& Undergrad/School Category) Shortlisting
    April 12, 2023
  • ADB Sanitation Hackathon
    April 27 - 29, 2023
  • Winner Announcement
    April 29th, 2023
  • Tech Development and Pilot Demonstration in Bharatpur and Nepalgunj
    by October 2023



Opening Ceremony

Opening ceremony and keynote speeches from experts in sanitation and public health in Nepal

10:00 AM


Presentation on the current state of sanitation work in Nepal, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for innovation (ADB/Focal Person/Host/Co Host/ PMO/ RAN)

11:00 AM

Lunch Break

12:00 PM

Team Introduction

Team introduction and idea sharing, where participants can network and brainstorm solutions to the identified challenges

1:00 PM

Mentorship Session

Mentorship session with experienced professionals in sanitation, technology and business management fields

1:30 PM

Prototype Improvement Session

Prototype improvement session, where teams work on improving their solutions

3:00 PM

Team Building and Networking

Team-building and networking event followed by Hi-Tea

5:00 PM

Recap and Progress Updates From Teams

10:00 AM

Business Model Development (Canvas with SWOT analysis)

10:30 AM

Lunch Break

12:00 PM

Business Model session continues: Pitch preparation, where teams work on developing their pitches

1:00 PM

Pitch practice session, where teams receive feedback and guidance on their pitches

3:00 PM

Optional team-building and networking event followed by Hi-Tea

5:00 PM

Final pitch competition, where teams present their solutions to a panel of judges and a live audience

10:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Making sanitation work dignified in Nepal: Challenges and opportunities

10:00 AM

Lunch break

1:00 PM

Certificate and award ceremony and closing remarks from organizers and sponsors

2:00 PM

End of hackathon event followed by Hi-Tea

5:00 PM



Pre-Hackathon Preparation (April 2022-March 2023)
  • Field visits to Bharatpur and Nepalgunj to identify and finalize the problem statements and challenges related to sanitation workers in Nepal

  • Conduct baseline survey and FGD/KII to dig further into the situation of sanitation workers in the two nominated towns

  • Hold consultative meetings with all possible partners and stakeholders

  • Develop of TOR for Startup Company, SOP for Hackathon and Budgeting

  • Finalize Host, Co-host and Focal Person for the Hackathon

  • Communication and lettering among the organizers and inclusion of feedbacks

  • Hire Service Provider for the Hackathon through RFQ

  • Develop promotional materials and strategies for the event

  • Start the registration process for participants

  • Start the registration process for volunteers

  • Organize a press conference on 30 March 2023 to officially launch the event

  • Open pre-application orientation for all on 5 April 2023 for the application deadline of 8 April 2023

  • Shortlist startups (and undergraduate category submissions) on 10 April 2023

  • Publish and communicate the shortlisting result

Hackathon Event ( 27-29 April 2023)
  • Kick off the Hackathon event on 27 April 2023

  • Participants work on developing innovative solutions and prototypes for the identified challenges

  • Provide mentorship and support to the participants throughout the Hackathon

  • Conduct presentations and demos of the prototypes and business models on 28-29 April 2023 for evaluation

Post-Event: Hackathon Follow-up (29-30 April 2023)
  • Evaluate the prototypes developed during the hackathon

  • Select the best prototypes for further development

  • Announcement of funding and support for the selected prototypes

  • Establish partnerships with relevant stakeholders and organizations to support the further development and implementation of the prototypes

  • Post-event thanksgiving communication

Product Development/Technology Transfer and Piloting Phase (May-Oct 2023)
  • Startup to work on their ideas into product development and modern equipment identification

  • ADB, PMO, NAST and RAN coordination, under the liaison and leadership of Social Engineer, to pilot the selected prototypes in real-world settings in Nepalgunj and Bharatpur.

  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the prototypes

  • Collect feedback from users and stakeholders to improve and refine the prototypes

  • Provide necessary support and resources to ensure the success of the pilot phase

Phase 5: Scaling and Dissemination (Oct 2023 onwards)
  • Analyze the results and impact of the piloting phase

  • Develop strategies for scaling up the successful prototypes in Nepal and other countries in the Asia and Pacific region

  • Disseminate the outcomes of the hackathon and piloting phase through various channels, including webinars, conferences, workshops, and publications

  • Foster collaboration and partnerships to sustain and further develop the solutions beyond the initial pilot phase

  • Explore mass production and investment avenues for upscaling and innovation entrepreneurship